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Local Youth Robotics Team to be Recognized as a Finalist at the 2022 FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award presented by Qualcomm

Team #39029 “TriTech” from Dix Hills will be one of the finalists at the 2022 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Global Innovation Award presented by Qualcomm, which will take place at Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri on June 21-23.
[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [MAY 10, 2022] – FIRST® LEGO® League announced the 20 finalist teams advancing to the 2022 FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award presented by Qualcomm Incorporated. Team #39029 “TriTech” from Dix Hills was selected from tens of thousands of teams in more than 110 countries for their outstanding Innovation Project. Their solution has demonstrated strong design and innovation and the potential to add significant value in the world. TriTech has invented the SCOUTbot for the CARGO CONNECT℠ season. Teams were challenged to design a creative new piece of technology or improve an existing one to help cargo along its journey. The team will join other finalists in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. at the historic Union Station to showcase their invention, participate in workshops, be judged by innovation, patent, and industry experts, and be exposed to career pathways in innovation on June 21-23, 2022.

On June 23 at 5:30 p.m. CT on the FIRSTtv Twitch channel, the Global Innovation Award will culminate with a live awards show, hosted by youth and featuring a live innovation activity. One winning team will be chosen. Additional awards will be given to two runners up, winners for impact, design, create, and implementation, and the publicly voted Community Choice.

Teams participating in the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award must consider possible barriers to implementation, document the evaluation of their invention, and validate their design with professionals working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs play a critical role in growing our economy and improving our quality of life. FIRST® and Qualcomm believe a more connected and inclusive world relies on providing today’s youth with equitable access and opportunity to explore the innovation process and channel their unique perspectives to create unique solutions for a better future. Students emerge as strong visionaries capable of applying innovative thinking to any problem. From improvements to the water cycle, to innovative solutions to waste management, past FIRST LEGO League Innovation Project finalists have brought their inventions to market, received patents, and incorporated as businesses.

FIRST LEGO League is an international program for 9 to 16-year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST® and the LEGO® Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult coaches to design, build, and program autonomous LEGO® robots, and create an innovative solution to a real-world problem as part of their research project.

The 2022 FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award presented by Qualcomm are sponsored by Collins Aerospace, FedEx, John Deere, and LEGO® Education and in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

 

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About FIRST® 
FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured after-school programs. Boosted by a global support system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, build, and showcase their achievements during annual challenges. An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Alumni of FIRST programs gain access to exclusive scholarships, internships, and other opportunities that create connections and open pathways to a wide variety of careers. Learn more at firstinspires.org.

Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Tournament

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [APRIL 28, 2022] –Contestants ages 9 to 14 took part in the annual FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Tournament, which was sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) and held remotely on March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team #23785 “Meteorites Squared” from Hicksville won the Champion’s Award. The top teams won by embodying the program’s Core Values of teamwork and mutual respect while achieving excellence and innovation in both a robot game and innovative project.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge is an international program for 9- to 16-year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology — and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO® Education SPIKETM Prime or LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their Innovation Project.

This year’s Challenge — CARGO CONNECTSM — called for teams to reimagine our global transportation system and explore ways of improving how we access and deliver needed and desired goods, making all communities more connected.

Twenty-one teams took part in the Tournament. The competition is judged in three areas: Innovation Project; Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored. The award winners were as follows:

Team Award

Team #

Team Name

Town

Global Innovation Award Nomination

22112

Portledge Royal Panthers

Locust Valley

Global Innovation Award Nomination

6435

Fire Dragons

Rocky Point

Innovation Project 1st Place Winner

39029

TriTech **

Dix Hills

Innovation Project 2nd Finalist

2180

LJHS LE’GO Lions (Holborow)

Middle Island

Innovation Project 3rd Finalist

51732

Dragon Racers

Huntington

Innovation Project 4th Finalist

30052

Team 4×4

Glen Head

Robot Design 1st Place Winner

22112

Portledge Royal Panthers

Locust Valley

Robot Design 2nd Finalist

15794

Buckley Cyber Dogs

Roslyn

Robot Design 3rd Finalist

1087

Brainstormers

Bayport

Robot Design 4th Finalist

46635

Brickaneers Gold

Islip

Robot Performance 1st Place Winner

50946

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Syosset

Robot Performance 2nd Place

54838

Overpowered Chicken Nugget

Syosset

Robot Performance 3rd Place

1087

Brainstormers

Bayport

Robot Performance 4th Place

46635

Brickaneers Gold

Islip

Core Values 1st Place Winner

16174

Meteorites

Hicksville

Core Values 2nd Finalist

47463

Raptor Dactyls

East Islip

Core Values 3rd Finalist

54370

BRICKii

Stony Brook

Core Values 4th Finalist

50815

Brickaneers Duplo

Islip

Rising All-Star 1st Place Winner

53114

Robat

Jericho

Rising All-Star 2nd Finalist

43820

Robotic Lightning Kangaroos

Huntington

Rising All-Star 3rd Finalist

49289

Electric Eagles

Jericho

Engineering Excellence 1st Place Winner

37506

Microchip Cookies

Plainview

Engineering Excellence 2nd Finalist

2438

Camol Clan

Floral Park

Engineering Excellence 3rd Finalist

8085

Rocky Point Radical Robotix

Rocky Point

Champion’s Award 1st Place Winner *

23785

Meteorites Squared

Hicksville

Champion’s Award 2nd Finalist

6435

Fire Dragons ***

Rocky Point

Champion’s Award 3rd Finalist

53744

Imagination in a Nutshell

Jericho

Champion’s Award 4th Finalist

50946

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Syosset

* The Champions Award winner was invited to participate in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge World Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on April 20-23, 2022.

** This team has been invited to participate in the American Invitational Robotics Competition at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey on May 14.

*** This team has been invited to participate in the FIRST LEGO League Razorback Open Invitational at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 19-22, 2022.

 

The Coach/Mentor Award went to four coaches. The 1st Place Winner was Catherine Temps of Team #16174 “Meteorites” from Hicksville. Dave Savage from Team #48026 “Savage Bricks” from East Setauket was the 2nd Finalist, and Shannen Delaney of Team #43820 “Robotic Lightning Kangaroos” from Huntington was the 3rd Finalist. The 4th Finalist was Paola Ragusa of Team #2438 “Camol Clan” from Floral Park.

For more information on SBPLI, visit https://www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

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About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

 

About FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST LEGO League participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. In FIRST LEGO League, students engage in hands-on STEM experiences, building confidence, growing their knowledge and developing habits of learning. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

 

FIRST LEGO League Discover – PreK- Grade 1:

For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

 

FIRST LEGO League Explore – Grades 2-4:

In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.

 

FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Grades 4-8:

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Remote Festival

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [APRIL 8, 2022] — Contestants ages 6 to 10 took part in the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) Explore Festival, which was held remotely on March 13th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme was CARGO CONNECT, in which teams researched how cargo is transported to and from their community and around the world. The teams embodied the program’s Core Values of teamwork and showed great innovation in their LEGO models and Show Me Posters that they shared with Reviewers remotely.

In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 and LEGO Spike Essential.

Each team was recognized in a different category and received a medal. The awards and recipients are listed below:

Award

Winners

Challenge Solution Award

Team #2619 “LEGO Engineers,” Mineola

Team #3697 “Team Epic,” Locust Valley

Team #6183, “Cargo Coders,” Mineola

Team #22977, “Blue Bird,” Flushing

Core Values Award

Team #22, “Kung Fu Team,” Syosset

Team #103, “Bright Robotic Narwhals,” Locust Valley

Team #6174, “The LEGO Transporters,” Mineola

Team #6175, “LEGO Monstars,” Mineola

Coding Award

Team #20544, “Light Speed LEGOS,” Baldwin

Team #20045, “Team Champion,” Flushing

Team #24307, “LEGO Girls,” East Islip

Team Model Award

Team #104, “The Convertibles,” Locust Valley

Team #2726, “Terrific Transportation.” Mineola

Team #2728, “LEGO Learners,” Mineola

Team #9258, “The Experts,” Roslyn

Team #12829, “LEGO Champions,” Port Jefferson Station

Team #24383, “Brick Designers,” Roslyn

Team Poster Award

Team #2730, “Builders Connect,” Mineola

Team #6176, “Team Universal,” Mineola

Team #13877, “LEGO Giants,” Woodbury

Team #24170, “Six Million IQ,” Syosset

 

 * Award descriptions are available upon request.

 

In addition, two teams will represent Long Island at the FIRST World Festival, which will take place at the George R, Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on April 20-23: Team #22 “Kung Fu Team” from Syosset and Team #25839 “Robotessori Team” from Baldwin.

 

For more information, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

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About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

 

 

About FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST LEGO League participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. In FIRST LEGO League, students engage in hands-on STEM experiences, building confidence, growing their knowledge and developing habits of learning. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

 

FIRST LEGO League Discover – PreK- Grade 1:

For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

 

FIRST LEGO League Explore – Grades 2-4:

In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.

 

FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Grades 4-8:

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve relevant real-world problems.

 

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

FIRST Long Island Announces Award Winners from the 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #2

 

Blue Alliance robots from Team #1796 “RoboTigers” from Queens Technical High School and Team #1496 “Hicksville J-Birds” from Hicksville High School attempt to score their cargo into the hub during the finals of the 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #2. The FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition event was held on March 24-26 at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI), Inc. DBA FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island presented its 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #2 on March 24-26 at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead. Forty-five teams from Long Island, New York City, upstate New York, the Dominican Republic, India, Turkey and Puerto Rico took part in the three-day FIRST Robotics Competition. This event culminated with awards and honors for areas such as design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships among schools, businesses and communities.

The winner of the 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #2 was the three-team alliance made up of “Team R.I.C.E” (Team #870) from Southold High School, “StuyPulse” (Team #694) from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and Team #2869 “Regal Eagles” from Bethpage High School. “Hicksville J-Birds” (Team #1468) from Hicksville High School took home the coveted Chairman’s Award, which is the event’s most prestigious award. It recognizes the team that best embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and that best represents a model for other teams to emulate. “Real Eagles” (Team #2869) from Bethpage High School won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award. The Wildcard went to “Redhawk Robotics” (Team #8739) from the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture from Ozone Park. These teams are now eligible to compete at the 2022 FIRST Championship at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas from April 20-23.

Peter Beninati, Team Mentor, Team #1796 “RoboTigers” from Queens Technical High School, was named a Finalist for the Woodie Flowers Award. Winners of the Dean’s List Finalist Award were Christopher Palazzo from Team #871 “Robotechs” from West Islip Senior High School and John Galletta from Team #810 “The Mechanical Bulls” from Smithtown High School-East & Smithtown High School-West.

“This was one of the best SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competitions we’ve experienced,” says Bertram Dittmar, Executive Director, SBPLI. “All participating teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, gracious professionalism and critical thinking. The fun and excitement of the competition was evident as many students and mentors got caught up in the spirit of the event. Participants, volunteers, and sponsors had the opportunity to experience the beauty of engineering and technology combined with the excitement of a competitive event.”

As a FIRST® Robotics Competition, the SBPLI Long Island Regional featured teams of high school-aged students from across Long Island, the New York metropolitan area and even around the world competing in a cooperative tournament-style robotics competition. Guided by their mentors, students rely on their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play and sportsmanship. This high-energy event further emphasizes the importance of high-impact partnerships between students, universities, businesses, and communities.

This year’s competition was dubbed RAPID REACTSM presented by The Boeing Company. In RAPID REACT, two competing alliances are invited to process cargo for transportation. Each alliance is assigned a cargo color to process by retrieving their assigned cargo and scoring it into the hub. Human players assist the cargo retrieval and scoring efforts from within their terminals. In the final moments of each match, alliance robots race to engage with their hangar to prepare for transport.

The Full List of Winners of the 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #2 Awards Include:

AWARD

TEAM #

TEAM NAME

SCHOOL/TOWN

Imagery Award in honor of
Jack Kamen

5298

E-TECH CHARGERS

Energy Tech High School/
Astoria

Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award

694

StuyPulse

Stuyvesant High School/
New York

Rockwell Automation Creativity Award

564

Longwood Robotics

Longwood High School/
Middle Island

Delphi Excellence in Engineering Award

810

The Mechanical Bulls

Smithtown High School-East & Smithtown High School-West/Smithtown

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award

2601

Steel Hawks

Townsend Harris High School/Flushing

General Motors Industrial Design Award

287

Floyd Robotics

William Floyd High School/Mastic Beach

Ford Autonomous Award

870

TEAM R.I.C.E.

Southold Jr. Sr. High School/Southold

Motorola Solutions Foundation Quality Award

2791

Shaker Robotics

Shaker High School/Latham, NY

Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism

1554

Oceanside Robotics

School 7 Oceanside High School/Oceanside

FCA Foundation
Team Spirit Award

7717

Steam Punks

St. Michael’s School/Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Judges’ Award

6806

Mineola Wild Reds

Mineola High School/Mineola

Regional Finalist #1

1468

Hicksville J-Birds

Hicksville High School/Hicksville

Regional Finalist #2

1796

RoboTigers

Queens Technical High School/Queens

Regional Finalist #3

271

Mechanical Marauders

Bay Shore High School/
Bay Shore

Regional Winner #1**

694

StuyPulse

Stuyvesant High School/
New York

Regional Winner #2**

870

TEAM R.I.C.E.

Southold Jr. Sr. High School/Southold

Regional Winner #3**

2869

Regal Eagles

Bethpage High School/Bethpage

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award**

2869

Regal Eagles

Bethpage High School/Bethpage

Regional Chairman’s
Award* **

1468

Hicksville J-Birds

Hicksville High School/Hicksville

Wildcard ** ***

8739

Redhawk Robotics

High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture/Ozone Park

Highest Rookie Seed ***

8739

Redhawk Robotics

High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture/Ozone Park

Rookie All Star Award ***

8739

Redhawk Robotics

High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture/Ozone Park

 

* The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award of the event and recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams to emulate.

** These teams are eligible to participate in the 2019 FIRST® Championship presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated at either the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on April 20-23.

*** Denotes a rookie team.

 

Please Note: Photos of all Award Winners and Advancing Teams are available upon request.

 

For more information on FIRST Long Island, please visit www.firstlongisland.org.

 

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About FIRST®  
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST®, go to www.firstinspires.org.

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.firstlongisland.org.

 

FIRST® Long Island Announces Award Winners from the 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #1

The winning alliance of (left to right) Team #3171 “HURRICANES” from Westhampton Beach High School, Team #870 “Team R.I.C.E.” from Southold Jr. Sr. High School and Team #2872 “CyberCats” from The Wheatley School display their championship banners during the 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #1. The FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition event was held on March 21-23 at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI), Inc. DBA FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Long Island presented its 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #1 on March 21-23 at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead. Thirty-nine teams from Long Island, upstate New York, Brazil and India took part in the three-day FIRST Robotics Competition. This event culminated with awards and honors for areas such as design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and high-impact partnerships among schools, businesses and communities.

 

The winner of the 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #1 was the three-team alliance made up of “Team R.I.C.E” (Team #870) from Southold High School, “HURRICANES” (Team #3171) from Westhampton Beach High School and “CyberCats” (Team #2872) from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury. “Rebel Robotics” (Team #2638) from Great Neck South High School took home the coveted Chairman’s Award, which is the event’s most prestigious award. It recognizes the team that best embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and that best represents a model for other teams to emulate. “R Factor” (Team #6024) from Mumbai, India won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award. These teams are now eligible to compete at the 2022 FIRST Championship at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas from April 20-23.

 

Samuel Kruse, Team Mentor, Team #5736 “Kingsmen Robotics” from Kings Park High School, was named a Finalist for the Woodie Flowers Award. Winners of the Dean’s List Finalist Award were Stuti Bhatia of Team #6024 “R Factor” from Mumbai, India and Ashley Snyder of Team #527 “Red Dragons” from Plainedge High School in Massapequa.

 

“This was one of the best SBPLI Long Island Regional FIRST Robotics Competitions we’ve experienced,” says Bertram Dittmar, Executive Director, SBPLI. “All participating teams demonstrated tremendous teamwork, gracious professionalism and critical thinking. The fun and excitement of the competition was evident as many students and mentors got caught up in the spirit of the event. Participants, volunteers, and sponsors had the opportunity to experience the beauty of engineering and technology combined with the excitement of a competitive event.”

 

As a FIRST® Robotics Competition, the SBPLI Long Island Regional featured teams of high school-aged students from across Long Island, the New York metropolitan area and even around the world competing in a cooperative tournament-style robotics competition. Guided by their mentors, students rely on their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play and sportsmanship. This high-energy event further emphasizes the importance of high-impact partnerships between students, universities, businesses, and communities.

 

This year’s competition was dubbed RAPID REACTSM presented by The Boeing Company. In RAPID REACT, two competing alliances are invited to process cargo for transportation. Each alliance is assigned a cargo color to process by retrieving their assigned cargo and scoring it into the hub. Human players assist the cargo retrieval and scoring efforts from within their terminals. In the final moments of each match, alliance robots race to engage with their hangar to prepare for transport. 

 

The Full List of Winners of the 2022 SBPLI Long Island Regional #1 Awards Include:

 

AWARD

TEAM #

TEAM NAME

SCHOOL/TOWN

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

5016

Huntington Robotics

Huntington High School/Huntington

Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award

2872

CyberCats

The Wheatley School/Old Westbury

Xerox Creativity Award

3171

HURRICANES

Westhampton Beach High School/Westhampton Beach

Delphi Excellence in Engineering Award

1468

Hicksville J-Birds

Hicksville High School/Hicksville

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award

7567

SESI SENAI SÃO PAULO OCTOPUS

Centro Educacional SESI 296/Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil

General Motors Industrial Design Award

358

Robotic Eagles

Hauppauge High School/
Hauppauge

Ford Autonomous Award

870

TEAM R.I.C.E.

Southold Jr. Sr. High School/
Southold

Motorola Solutions Foundation Quality Award

2487

Mechanical Animals

Sayville High School/Sayville

Johnson & Johnson Gracious Professionalism

2027

Robotic Dragons

Westbury High School/Westbury

FCA Foundation
Team Spirit Award

6423

Ward Melville Iron Patriots

Ward Melville Sr. High School/East Setauket

Judges’ Award

2869

Regal Eagles

Bethpage High School/Bethpage

Regional Finalist #1

2638

Rebel Robotics

Great Neck South High School/Great Neck

Regional Finalist #2

1468

Hicksville J-Birds

Hicksville High School/Hicksville

Regional Finalist #3

6911

SO BOTZ

Tappan Zee High School/
Orangeburg, NY

Regional Finalist #4

8267

Riptide Robotics

Long Beach High School/
Long Beach

Regional Winner #1**

870

TEAM R.I.C.E.

Southold Jr. Sr. High School/
Southold

Regional Winner #2**

3171

HURRICANES

Westhampton Beach High School/Westhampton Beach

Regional Winner #3**

2872

CyberCats

The Wheatley School/
Old Westbury

Regional Engineering Inspiration Award**

6024

R Factor

Neighborhood Group/Mumbai, India

Regional Chairman’s
Award* **

2638

Rebel Robotics

Great Neck South High School/Great Neck

 

* The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award of the event and recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams to emulate.

** These teams are eligible to participate in the 2019 FIRST® Championship presented by Qualcomm® Incorporated at either the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on April 17-20 or the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on April 24-27.

*** Denotes a rookie team.

 

Please Note: Photos of all Award Winners and Advancing Teams are available upon request.

 

For more information on FIRST Long Island, please visit www.firstlongisland.org.

 

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About FIRST®  
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST®, go to www.firstinspires.org.

 

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.firstlongisland.org.

“RAPID REACT(SM)” Presented by The Boeing Company Is Unveiled as 2022 FIRST® Robotics Competition Challenge

SCHENCK USA Hosts Distribution of Kits of Parts to Teams Due to SBPLI’s COVID Safety Protocols

 

KINGS PARK, NEW YORK — On January 8, U.S. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) unveiled this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) challenge, “RAPID REACTSM” presented by The Boeing Company.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA Long Island FIRST volunteers distribute kits of parts to local team leaders as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition season kickoff at SCHENCK USA CORP. in Deer Park on January 8.

RAPID REACT is part of the 2021-2022 FIRST season, FIRST FORWARDSMpresented by Qualcomm, in which FIRST teams will explore the future of transportation. From the shipment of packages in rural and urban areas, to disaster relief delivery and high-tech air transit, teams will re-imagine faster, more reliable, inclusive and sustainable transportation innovations that better connect and grow communities and economies around the world.

In RAPID REACT presented by The Boeing Company, two competing alliances are invited to process cargo for transportation. Each alliance is assigned a cargo color to process by retrieving their assigned cargo and scoring it into the hub. Human players assist the cargo retrieval and scoring efforts from within their terminals. In the final moments of each match, alliance robots race to engage with their hangar to prepare for transport.

However, due to COVID concerns, participation by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island (SBPLI), also known as FIRST Long Island, was atypical. Unlike previous years in which the organization hosted a local event with breakfast, local presentations and the FIRST broadcast, SBPLI limited its participation to handing out the kits of parts to Long Island teams outdoors. Team leaders traveled to SCHENCK USA CORP. in Deer Park, where SBPLI volunteers distributed a build kit to each team. Each build kit contained motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials and a mix of additional automation components, along with limited instructions.

“Leading up to the main competition, FIRST Long Island students will work with coaches and mentors to apply concepts of math, science and engineering to build their robots to meet the game’s objectives,” said Lawrence Toonkel, FRC Director, SBPLI. “The FIRST Robotics Competition is not just about the design and build of sophisticated robots; our students will also learn important concepts such as teamwork, problem solving and healthy competition. Over the years, FIRST students from Long Island received more than $8 million in scholarships for higher education, in areas of science, technology, engineering, business or math in college. These students also develop maturity, professionalism and teamwork skills that enrich their lives. Our graduates often pursue careers with sponsoring companies, meeting the businesses’ needs for well-rounded, technically skilled employees.”

FIRST isn’t limited to Long Island; nearly 3,900 teams from all over the world came together as a community to share in the excitement of seeing the new game unveiled and will draw on this enthusiasm during the build period. During this time, all FIRST students will be asked to design, build, test and update their robots before the start of the 2022 competition, which includes more than 170 Regional and District events beginning in late February. These events measure the effectiveness of each robot’s design and control, the power of teamwork and the determination of participating students not only to win, but to learn and have fun.

To learn more about RAPID REACT, visit https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/game-and-season. For more information on SBPLI, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

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About FIRST®  
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST®, go to www.firstinspires.org.

 

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,500 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Explore Festival

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [MAY 12, 2021] — Contestants ages 6 to 10 took part in the annual FIRST LEGO League Explore Festival , which was held remotely on April 10th and 11th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme was PLAYMAKERS, and teams explored ways to have people become more active. The teams embodied the program’s Core Values of teamwork and showed great innovation in their LEGO models and Show Me Posters that they shared with Reviewers remotely.

In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.

Each team was recognized in a different category and received a medal. The awards and recipients are listed below:

Award

Winners

Challenge Solution Award

Team #103 “Bright Robotic Unicorns,” Locust Valley

Team #6183 “Team Playmakers,” Mineola

Core Values Award

Team #104 “The Convertibles,” Locust Valley

Team #2726 “Everywhere We Go, It’s Time For Fun!,” Mineola

Team #2728 “Mini Builders,” Mineola

Team #6175 “Lego Elements,” Mineola

Team #24190 “Team Miracle,” Williston Park

Coding Award

Team #2619 “Building Beavers,” Mineola

Team #23781 “The Gaming Masters,” Jericho

Team #23862 “Vik’s Game Roboter,” Short Hills, NJ

Team #24171 “Kungfu Team,” Syosset

Team #24180 “Livingston FLL Explorers,” Livingston, NJ

Team #24196 “5 Brickeneers,” South Setauket

Team Model Award

Team #2730 “Nifty Neurons,” Mineola

Team #3697 “Team Epic,” Locust Valley

Team #6174 “Building Tater-Tots,” Mineola

Team #11164 “Lego Pros,” Locust Valley

Team #23601 “Boss Baby,” Syosset

Team Poster Award

Team #18478 “Lego Angels,” Ridge

Team #23522 “Gu Spirit,” Port Washington

Team #24170 “Six Million IQ,” Syosset

 

 * Award descriptions are available upon request.

For more information, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

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About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

 About FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST LEGO League participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. In FIRST LEGO League, students engage in hands-on STEM experiences, building confidence, growing their knowledge and developing habits of learning. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

 FIRST LEGO League Discover – PreK- Grade 1:

For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

FIRST LEGO League Explore – Grades 2-4:

In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.

 FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Grades 4-8:

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve relevant real-world problems.

 About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® Tech Challenge Long Island Championship

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] (May 5, 2021)- Contestants ages 12 to 18 took part in the annual FIRST® Tech Challenge Long Island Championship, which was held remotely on April 19-24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top-ranked teams in order were Team #10738 “SBS Bears” from Stony Brook, Team #4017 “RoboPandas” from Floral Park, Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode” from Greenlawn, and Team #12382 “Syosset Nebula” from Syosset. The top teams won by embodying the program’s core values of teamwork and mutual respect while achieving excellence and innovation in both a robot game and innovative project.

FIRST® Tech Challenge is a widely accessible international robotics program for students ages 12-18 created to get young people excited about science and technology-and teach them valuable lessons and life skills. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.

This year’s challenge was Ultimate Goals. The object of the game was to deliver as many wobble goals as possible to a randomly selected target zone, place in or launch rings into the tower goal, and launch rings to knock over power shot targets.

Twenty teams took part in the Championship. The competition was judged in three areas: innovation, robot design and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores were also honored. The award winners were as follows:

Award

Winners

Promote Award 1st Place:

Promote Award 2nd Place:

Promote Award 3rd Place:

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

Team #10169 “The Flying Bricks,” Mineola

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Design Award 1st Place:

Design Award 2nd Place:

Design Award 3rd Place:

Team #14461 “RoboHawks,” Jericho

Team #8013 “Team Kuiper,” Locust Valley

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Motivate Award 1st Place:

Motivate Award 2nd Place:

Motivate Award 3rd Place:

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

Team #8110 “WiSE,” Dix Hills

Team #4137 “IslandBots,” East Setauket

Control Award 1st Place:

Control Award 2nd Place:

Control Award 3rd Place:

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Team #12382 “Syosset Nebula,” Syosset

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 1st Place:

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 2nd Place:

Collins Aerospace Innovate Award 3rd Place:

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Team #8108 “Theoretically Impossible,” Dix Hills

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Connect Award 1st Place:

Connect Award 2nd Place:

Connect Award 3rd Place:

Team #16145 “Sea Lion Techs,” Seaford

Team #7407 “Team VEGA,” Huntington

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Think Award 1st Place:

Think Award 2nd Place:

Think Award 3rd Place:   

Team #8109 “RISE Robotics,” Huntington Station

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

Top Ranked 1st Place:

Top Ranked 2nd Place:

Top Ranked 3rd Place:

Top Ranked 4th Place:

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Team #13847 “At Least It Didn’t Explode,” Greenlawn

Team #12382 “Syosset Nebula,” Syosset

* Inspire Award 1st Place:

* Inspire Award 2nd Place:

* Inspire Award 3rd Place:

Team #10738 “SBS Bears,” Stony Brook

Team #4017 “RoboPandas,” Floral Park

Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE,” Syosset

* The Inspire Award is the highest award that FIRST recognizes in the FIRST Tech Challenge.

The top three Compass Award winners were John Chae of Team #10419 “Syosset ELITE” from Syosset, Jack Chen of Team #4017 “RoboPandas” from Floral Park, and Andrew Woolsey of Team #10169 “The Flying Bricks” from Mineola.

The Dean’s List Finalists were also named: Alicia Amian of Team #7164 “FalconBots” from Locust Valley, Marlene McKinne of Team #8110 “WiSE” from Dix Hills, and Rohan Ghotra of Team #10169 “The Flying Bricks” from Mineola.

For more information, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

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** Award descriptions available upon request.

About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.
School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Championship

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [APRIL 30, 2021] –Contestants ages 9 to 14 took part in the annual FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Championship, which was sponsored by School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) and held remotely on April 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville won the Champion’s Award. The top teams won by embodying the program’s Core Values of teamwork and mutual respect while achieving excellence and innovation in both a robot game and innovative project.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge is an international program for 9- to 16-year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology — and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO® Education SPIKETM Prime or LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their Innovation Project.

This year’s Challenge — RePLAYSM — called for teams to identify a problem related to people not being active enough, research the problem and design a new piece of technology or improve an existing one to help them solve that problem.

Twenty-one teams took part in the Championship. The competition is judged in three areas: Innovation Project; Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored. The award winners were as follows:

Team Award

Team #

Team Name

Town

Global Innovation Award

38503

Techno Queens

Jericho

Innovation Project Winner

51252

Smarties

Hicksville

Innovation Project Finalist

22112

Portledge Royal Panthers

Locust Valley

Robot Design Winner

6435

Fire Dragons

Rocky Point

Robot Design Finalist

50946

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Syosset

Robot Performance 1st Place

16174

Meteorites

Hicksville

Robot Performance 2nd Place

45172

Meteorites Cubed

Hicksville

Core Values Winner

16174

Meteorites

Hicksville

Core Values Finalist

38503

Techno Queens

Jericho

Engineering Excellence

38653

Imagination in a Nutshell II

Jericho

Champion’s*

45172

Meteorites Cubed

Hicksville

* The Champions Award winner is invited to participate in the FIRST LEGO League Virtual Open International in Greece on June 24-27, 2021.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year Award went to Rick Ramhap. The Coach/Mentor Award went to two coaches: Bryan Eichenauer of Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville and Maria Zografos of Team #22112 “The Royal Panthers” from Locust Valley.

For more information on SBPLI, visit https://www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

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About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

 

About FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST LEGO League participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. In FIRST LEGO League, students engage in hands-on STEM experiences, building confidence, growing their knowledge and developing habits of learning. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

 

FIRST LEGO League Discover – PreK- Grade 1:

For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

 

FIRST LEGO League Explore – Grades 2-4:

In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.

 

FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Grades 4-8:

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

 

Area Youth Recognized for Teamwork and Innovation at FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Qualifiers

[KINGS PARK, NEW YORK] [APRIL 14, 2021] –Contestants ages 9 to 14 took part in the annual FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Long Island Qualifiers, which were held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team #16174 “Meteorites” from Hicksville won the first-place Champion’s Award at Qualifier #1. The Qualifier #3 Champion’s Award winner was Team #38503 “Techno Queens” from Jericho. The top teams won by embodying the program’s Core Values of teamwork and mutual respect while achieving excellence and innovation in both a robot game and innovative project.

Twenty-one FIRST LEGO League teams will advance to the remote championship on April 17. Out of 21 teams, eleven from Qualifier #1 will advance. They are Team #2180 “LHS LE’GO Lions” from Middle Island; Team #2438 “Camol Clan” from Floral Park; Team #6435 “Fire Dragons” from Rocky Point; Team #16174 “Meteorites” from Hicksville; Team #23785 “Meteorites Squared” from Hicksville; Team #37506 “MicroChip Cookies” from Plainview; Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubed” from Hicksville; Team #48239 “Wild Shattered Lightning Bots” from Huntington; Team #49922 “The Barracudas” from Ridge; Team #51252 “The Smarties” from Hicksville; and Team #51732 “Dragon Racers” from Huntington.

Ten out of the 20 teams from Qualifier #3 moved on as well. They include Team #8085 “Rocky Point Radical Robotix” from Rocky Point; Team #22112 “Portledge Royal Panthers” from Locust Valley; Team #37507 “WALL-E Workers” from New Hyde Park; Team #38503 “Techno Queens” from Jericho; Team #38653 “Imagination in a Nutshell II” from Jericho; Team #41153 “Epic Robot” from Roslyn; Team #42994 “GALABOTS” from Syosset; Team #43820 “Robotic Lightning Kangaroos” from Huntington; Team #50815 “Brickaneers Duplo” from Islip; and Team #50946 “Overpowered Spicy Robot” from Syosset.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge is an international program for 9- to 16-year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO® Education SPIKETM Prime or LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their Innovation Project.

This year’s Challenge – RePLAYSM – called for teams to identify a problem related to people not being active enough, research the problem and design a new piece of technology or improve an existing one to help them solve that problem.

The competition is judged in three areas: Innovation Project; Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored. The award winners were as follows:

Team Award

 

Team #

Team Name

Town

Innovation Project Winner

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

2180

22112

LJHS LE’GO Lions (Holborow)

Portledge Royal

Middle Island

Locust Valley

Innovation Project Finalist

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

47544

8085

MiniPobots

Rocky Point Radical Robotix

Plainview

Rocky Point

Robot Design Winner

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

6435

43820

Fire Dragons

Robotic Lightning Kangaroos

Rocky Point

Huntington

Robot Design Finalist

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

37506

37507

MicroChip Cookies

WALL-E Workers

Plainview

New Hyde Park

Robot Performance 1st Place

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

16174

50946

Meteorites

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Hicksville

Syosset

Robot Performance 2nd Place

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

45172

38503

Meteorites Cubed

Techno Queens

Hicksville

Jericho

Core Values Winner

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

45172

38653

Meteorites Cubed

Imagination in a Nutshell II

Hicksville

Jericho

Core Values Finalist

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

49922

50815

The Barracudas

Brickaneers Duplo

Ridge

Islip

Engineering Excellence

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

2438

50946

Camol Clan

Overpowered Spicy Robot

Floral Park

Syosset

Champion’s

Qualifier #1:

Qualifier #3:

16174

38503

Meteorites

Techno Queens

Hicksville

Jericho

 

The Coach/Mentor Award for Qualifier #1 went to Bryan Eichenauer of Team #45172 “Meteorites Cubes” from Hicksville. Maria Zografos of Team #22112 “The Royal Panthers” from Locust Valley won the award for Qualifier #3.

For more information on SBPLI, visit https://www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

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About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; and FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades PreK-8. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

 

About FIRST® LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League introduces science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 (ages vary by country) through fun, exciting hands-on learning. FIRST LEGO League participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. In FIRST LEGO League, students engage in hands-on STEM experiences, building confidence, growing their knowledge and developing habits of learning. FIRST LEGO League’s three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

 

FIRST LEGO League Discover – PreK- Grade 1:

For children ages 4-6, this playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

 

FIRST LEGO League Explore – Grades 2-4:

In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.

 

FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Grades 4-8:

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-16* engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of Challenge, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

 

About School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc.

School-Business Partnerships of Long Island, Inc. (SBPLI) DBA FIRST® Long Island is a fully volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 by Fred Breithut with the goal of developing partnerships between local high schools and businesses. His goal was to provide students with practical experience and curriculum development, while helping the business community develop its future workforce, which resulted in the formation of over 100 partnerships. In 1999, SBPLI brought the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to Long Island, which featured just eight FIRST® Robotics Competition high school teams. Since then, the Long Island Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition has grown to two events with over 80 teams competing each year. SBPLI also hosts Long Island’s annual FIRST® LEGO League Qualifying and Championship Tournaments and the FIRST® LEGO League Junior Expos, in which over 2,000 elementary and middle school students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties take part each year. In 2016, SBPLI added the FIRST® Tech Challenge to its roster of programs. For more information about the programs, or to learn how to become a sponsor, visit www.sbpli-lifirst.org.

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